Published on October 9th, 2010 | by Yellow Magpie4
The Very Best Of 90’s Sci-Fi Television
The 90’s was a rich decade for Sci-Fi with some of the best series being produced. From vampires to conspiratorial governments, from Space to the Earth’s oceans, here of some of the best ever programmes.
Seaquest DSV (1993-96)
While Star Trek: The Next Generation was exploring the Milky Way, the Seaquest submarine was charting our oceans in a way that had never been done before.
With Lucas, the precocious youth, and Darwin, a dolphin that had been successfully interfaced with advanced technology allowing him to speak, Seaquest was a pioneering series that revealed just how little we know about two-thirds of the Earth’s surface.
The X-Files (1993-2002 )
One of the most famous Sci-Fi series of all time, The X-Files is either top or close to the top of many people’s all-time favourite show. Set in a paranoid world of conspiracies and surreptitious alien encounters, the X-Files was a mind-boggling programme that created its own unique universe.
Apart from the back story, one of the most interesting and intriguing aspects of the series was the relationship between the stoical and sceptical Scully and the believing Moulder.
The X-Files was a cultural phenomenon that owed much of its success to timing. It is doubtful if the series would have been as believable if it was made now. This is mainly because of the openness we enjoy these days thanks to the Internet.
Babylon 5 (1994-98)
While certain Star Trek franchises created the thirst for space-related Sci-Fi, Babylon 5 ploughed its own furrow.
Set in a space station, it charts the interaction of various races as they each try to pursue their own interests. A task made all the more difficult by the destruction of the four previous Babylon Stations.
Babylon 5 was a brilliantly written series that featured intricate plots and remains one of the best science feature programmes of all time.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
A huge hit among secondary school goers, Buffy The Vampire Slayer mixed subtle sophistication with visceral action and romance with an added sprinkling of an extremely attractive cast.
However, the real strength of the series often eluded the casual viewer. Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s true nature was an exploration of gender roles. Underneath the glossy exterior Buffy dealt with the tumultuous upheavals of adolescence and the interactions of the sexes subjects very dear to every teenager.
Following on from the success of the 80’s film Robocop, the TV series brought some amazing action and special effects to the small screen. Luckily, the film stayed cleared of the gratuitous violence found in the film version while keeping the satire on corporate business.
Although Robocop may not feature on everyone’s favourite list and it only managed to last two seasons – it punched well above its weight. Its special effects would not have been out of place on a large budget film and its storylines were always well-written. Perhaps even more surprising is the fact that the series was shot in Canada as opposed to the United States and is a testament to the film and TV industry there.